When a loved one passes, you may have a number of questions and concerns about the funeral and burial process. Specifically, you may be wondering about the rights that you and your family have when dealing with a funeral home. It is important to remember that funeral homes are businesses and are bound to the terms and conditions of the contract that they have with loved ones of the deceased.
Litigation can play a significant role in addressing cases of improper burial practices and seeking compensation for damages. When a family or individual believes that improper burial practices have occurred, they may choose to pursue legal action to hold responsible parties accountable and seek financial compensation for any harm or losses incurred. This article provides a brief explanation of the role of litigation in such cases.
While the majority of funeral homes and crematories maintain an impeccable record of service when engaging with bereaved families, it is true that, sometimes, tragic mistakes happen. The improper handling or cremation of a loved one’s remains can take a profound emotional toll on families who are already grieving the loss of a cherished individual.
In the spring of 2022, the Department of Justice, on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), filed a lawsuit against multiple cremation companies and their joint owner. The suit alleged that the companies had willfully misled individuals about both their prices and location and had also withheld the remains of loved ones to extract payment from their family members.